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Robinson To Keynote Black History Event

TransAfrica President Randall Robinson will be the keynote speaker at NIH's annual Black History Month Observance on Friday, Feb. 23 at 11:30 a.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. A bestselling author and Harvard-trained attorney, Robinson is an internationally respected human rights advocate and is widely recognized for his leadership of the Free South Africa movement that successfully pushed for economic sanctions to end apartheid. Also featured at the program will be the University of Maryland-Baltimore County Choir.

Three Nobel Prize Winners To Lecture at Symposium Honoring Vaughan

On Mar. 8-9, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is sponsoring a symposium on "Insights into Signal Transduction." Planned in honor of Dr. Martha Vaughan on the occasion of her 75th birthday and 48 years of service to NHLBI, it will be held at Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

Dr. Martha Vaughan

Vaughan carried out seminal studies that defined the role of cyclic nucleotides and G-proteins in regulation of lipolysis in fat cells and the action of cholera toxin. More recently she has examined the control of intracellular vesicular trafficking by ARFs, a family of low molecular weight G-proteins, and their regulatory partners. Throughout her scientific career, Vaughan has devoted considerable time and energy to understanding the molecular basis of intracellular signaling.

The symposium will focus on the latest developments in lipid metabolism, cell and organelle movement, and signal transduction pathways involving nitric oxide, cyclic nucleotides and G-proteins. It begins at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, Mar. 8 and will adjourn at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 9. Three Nobel Prize winners will be featured speakers — Drs. Alfred G. Gilman, Joseph L. Goldstein and Ferid Murad. Poster presentations will be given by numerous visiting scientists from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Mar. 8 and from 8 to 9 a.m. on Mar. 9. For more information, contact Dorothy Honemond, 496-9728; email:

Groundhog Job Shadow Day at CIT

Woodrow Wilson High School students (seated, from l) Megan Chamberlain and Brian Smith participated in this year's Groundhog Job Shadow Day. First instituted in 1998, the 4-year-old program, which usually takes place on Groundhog Day, encourages qualified students to spend the day shadowing an experienced technical professional and experience a real workday. This is the second time that the Center for Information Technology, which adopted Woodrow Wilson High School in 1992, participated in the program. Two CIT staff members, Carol Denison (standing, l), computer specialist, Division of Computer System Services, and Anthony Trang, supervisory electronics engineer (not pictured), Division of Network Systems and Telecommunications (DNST), worked with the students to help them gain a new perspective of their course work and to grasp the connection between school and a future career. This is especially appropriate for Smith, who is majoring in computer programming and biotechnology, and Chamberlain, whose major is web design and software development. Also pictured is Renitalynette K. Anderson (standing, r), director of CIT's DNST, who stopped by to welcome the students.

Sailing Club Open House

Do you think you might like sailing? Have you thought: someday I'll learn to sail? Have you longed to be sailing on the Chesapeake Bay? Does the excitement of racing sailboats appeal to you? Do you need to refresh your sailing skills? Can you imagine being with a group of fun, skilled sailing instructors, enthusiasts and boat owners? All of this and more are open to you through the NIH Sailing Club at low cost. Check it out over pizza and beer on Thursday, Mar. 1 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the FAES House at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd. and Cedar Ln. Admission is $5 at the door, soda free, beer/wine $2.

BSA To Host Black History Lecture, Feb. 27

The NIH Black Scientists Association's scientific seminar in honor of Black History Month will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 10:30 a.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. The featured speaker will be Dr. Lauren Wood, senior clinical investigator, pediatric HIV working group, HIV & AIDS Malignancy Branch, NCI. The title of her seminar will be the "Epidemiology and Treatment of Pediatric and Adolescent HIV Infection: Past, Present and Future." The seminar is cosponsored by NINDS and is open to the public. Sign language interpretation will be provided. For reasonable accommodation, contact Roland Owens by email, or by phone, 496-3359.

IT Management Training Offered

A 3-part information technology (IT) management training series offered by the Center for Information Technology begins on Thursday, Mar. 1. Information technology management staff, budget analysts, management analysts and program specialists will find these courses particularly relevant.

Noted consultant and lecturer Dr. Thomas Kessler will lead off the series with a seminar on "Developing Information Technology Performance Measures." The aim of this 6-hour course, to be held in Bldg. 12A, Rm. B51 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is to familiarize NIH'ers with the IT investment review process.

On Tuesday, Mar. 27, Robert Lagas, senior analyst with CIT, will present "Investment Review." This 3.5-hour course will cover the concepts of IT investment review, its implementation at the NIH level, and guidelines for establishing an investment review process at the IC level. The class will be held in Bldg. 12A, Rm. B51, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Lagas will also present the final course in the series, "Cost-Benefit Analysis" on Apr. 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the same location. The Cost Benefit Analysis Guide for NIH IT Projects, which will be the basis for this class, can be accessed at The courses are offered free to NIH employees. You may register via the CIT training page at

Audition for Spring Theatre Production

The Bethesda Little Theatre announces auditions for its spring production, "A Century of Broadway." This will be an original revue spotlighting great moments in Broadway's first 100 years, to be performed by a small ensemble. Performance dates are the first three weekends in May (Friday and Saturday evenings and two Sunday matinees). All performances will be held in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Auditions will be Sunday, Feb. 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Masur Auditorium. Be prepared to sing an up-tempo song and a ballad and to do some basic movement and dance steps. An accompanist will be provided. Backstage help and production assistance are also welcome. If you have any questions or want to help out backstage, contact Elaine Hughes, (301) 589-0720,

The Bethesda Little Theatre is an NIH R&W organization, now in its 21st year, that raises funds for NIH charities. More information is available online at

Recommendations Available for Recruiting Minorities to Trials

The National Cancer Institute has published "Participation of Minorities and Women in Clinical Cancer Research" in the November 2000 Supplement of the Annals of Epidemiology. Based on two NCI workshops, the supplement focuses on identifying best practices for increasing participation of minorities and women in clinical research. It identifies barriers to research participation and how to overcome them, and discusses how outcomes affect clinical research. In addition, the supplement provides recommendations for increased participation. Free copies are available at or by calling 1-800-4-CANCER.

Wednesday Afternoon Lecture

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Jennifer A. Doudna on Feb. 28, who will speak on "Structural Insights into Signal Recognition Particle Function." She is Henry Ford II professor and associate HHMI investigator, department of molecular biophysics and biochemistry, Yale University.

For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine, 594-5595.

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